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Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras

You Pay: $39.95
Product Highlights
  • For Use With Canon Cameras

The Vivitar DF-183 Digital Flash is a basic digital flash with a Guide Number of 59-feet @ 35mm. This unit has a bounce flash head, red-eye reduction capabilities and a focus beam to assist in low light shooting conditions. With Auto Focus, TTL metering, automatic shutter speed settings, this flash allows photographer to spend less time with flash settings. It is powered by two AA batteries (not included).

Auto Focus (AF)
TTL Metering
Red eye reduction
Focus beam assist for low-light shooting
Power savings function
Auto shutter speed setting
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 59' (17.98 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head None
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.3 - 10 seconds
Power Source 2x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 2.1 x 3.9" / 6.6 x 5.3 x 9.9 cm
Weight 12 oz / 340 g
Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    VivitarDF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras
     
    4.1

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Durable (5)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • General purpose (6)
      • Fill flash (3)
      • Home (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Too good to be true.

      Look out Canon, Vivitar has just kicked your but! Working with DSLR's from Sony, Sigma, and Canon; shooting events, parties, in low light or sunsets and trying to minimize my overhead,...Read complete review

      Look out Canon, Vivitar has just kicked your but! Working with DSLR's from Sony, Sigma, and Canon; shooting events, parties, in low light or sunsets and trying to minimize my overhead, I stumbled onto this SpeedLite. I needed another E-TTL unit. One that operated as a Canon SpeedLite, worked with my equipment, and wouldn't empty my PayPal account. Congrates Vivitar!
      Regardless if you are or are not a seasoned "lightingphile" or are into "Strobe Painting", you are going to love working with this DF-183!!!
      I have tried it in all kinds of conditions and with Manual Setting of 250 at f11 and this bad boy gave me excellent shots of horses jumping 35 feet away, in an arena, shooting into huge stadium lights.
      It connects to my Canon 40D like it was made for it and is even able to work with three consecutive shots (using standard alkaline batteries).
      I can go on and on, but at its current price, this should be enough.
      Buy it, try it, and be amazed... Then buy an off camera cable with the savings, if you really want to have unlimited flexibility.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      You get what you pay for

      This flash is no frills and nothing else but more power. I bought it as a bounce flash and for that it works well as I don't use it attached to my camera thus...Read complete review

      This flash is no frills and nothing else but more power. I bought it as a bounce flash and for that it works well as I don't use it attached to my camera thus have more control over placement but if you are looking for something other than that you might want to look at a bit more expensive model.

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      4.0

      Flash Review

      By DC

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

        The product was exactly what I expected and more. I've used the flash already to fill in details that I wasn't getting using the built in flash on my camera. This was an excellent buy.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Love it

        By J.Sal

        from charleston, SC

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

        love it great for beginners!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        4.0

        Make sense for a camera

        By xavier

        from ozone park

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          I use this product when ever I need to. It really helps with artistic shoots, as well as standard ones.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          4.0

          DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Camera

          By showmeyourpics

          from Westchester County, NY

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited power

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          I am using this flash with a remote cable to shoot off-camera with the Canon G12 at flower shows and similar situations. I keep on a simple diffuser I made with the cover of a box of slides. This is a very basic flash unit but the whole setup does its job: it's small, light, does not call attention to itself and it gives better quality than the built-in flash. It's too early for a reliability judgement. I would consider a more powerful unit for longer distance subjects.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I would buy this product again.

          By Lizzie

          from Little Rock, AR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Great Beginner Flash

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          The product is easy to use. It performs how the description said it would. I'm not too familiar with external flashes and did not know quite where to start, and this is a decent beginner external flash. I'm happy about it, and the only thing that I could possibly find wrong with it is that the flash itself is a little bulky for how simple it is. Other than that, I would buy this product again, especially for the reasonable price and easiness to use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It is what it is.

          By jo-E

          from Jacksonburg, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cheep
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile
          • Vertical bounce

          Cons

          • Cheep

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          It does everything it says it does just like it said it would.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Too good to be true.

          By FB Eye Photography

          from Monterey, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output
          • Priced right
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Doesn't swivel

          Best Uses

          • Family events
          • Fill Flash
          • Freeze action
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits
          • Sports Events
          • Strobe Painting

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          Look out Canon, Vivitar has just kicked your but! Working with DSLR's from Sony, Sigma, and Canon; shooting events, parties, in low light or sunsets and trying to minimize my overhead, I stumbled onto this SpeedLite. I needed another E-TTL unit. One that operated as a Canon SpeedLite, worked with my equipment, and wouldn't empty my PayPal account. Congrates Vivitar!
          Regardless if you are or are not a seasoned "lightingphile" or are into "Strobe Painting", you are going to love working with this DF-183!!!
          I have tried it in all kinds of conditions and with Manual Setting of 250 at f11 and this bad boy gave me excellent shots of horses jumping 35 feet away, in an arena, shooting into huge stadium lights.
          It connects to my Canon 40D like it was made for it and is even able to work with three consecutive shots (using standard alkaline batteries).
          I can go on and on, but at its current price, this should be enough.
          Buy it, try it, and be amazed... Then buy an off camera cable with the savings, if you really want to have unlimited flexibility.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great for the money

          By Nicole L

          from Asheville, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Recycling

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

          This flash performs as promised. It's easy to use and works great for posed shots. I would not recommend it for sports photography because of it's recycle time. It's an overall good bang for your buck.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A decent tool

          By MJC

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

              It is what it is - and thankfully - what I hoped it would be. It is an affordable bounce flash. This unit is very easy to use. It has limited features but it does what I need it to do. Without batteries the unit is very light weight and feels a little flimsy. However, I have not had any trouble with it yet.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              You get what you pay for

              By Joe the Juggler

              from Champaign, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling
              • Weak Output

              Best Uses

              • Bounce flash
              • Fill Flash

              Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

              This flash is no frills and nothing else but more power. I bought it as a bounce flash and for that it works well as I don't use it attached to my camera thus have more control over placement but if you are looking for something other than that you might want to look at a bit more expensive model.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice for Powershot and SX10&20 Models

              By Piddlin Robert

              from Baton Rouge, La.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Weak Output

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

              I bought this to use with a Canon SX20. I had hoped to get more even flash coverage and greater flash distance and perhaps more versatility from the bounce feature. The unit works well but generally meters about a 1/2 stop less than the Canon 270EX flash. Sometimes this renders a more even, realistic, natural light type exposure but occasionally the photos are lack luster compared to the Canon model. In general the GN number is too low to even consider the bounce as an asset. The Canon 270EX is preferable in general but it costs 2/3rds more. Most people purchasing either of these two flashes would probably be completely satisfied with the DF-183. Both are very compact and mesh well with the Powershot models. Overall I do not see where either model renders a dramatic benefit to the on board camera flash. Both bring something additional to the equation but depending on ones expectations, the Vivitar DF-183 has both the potential to delight and disappoint.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              excelent flash compact and powerfull

              By simon

              from venezuela

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Canon Cameras:

                i use for my canon rebel xti and conan 30 d its great

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